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OAKLAND, CALIF. (AP) - A few hours after he ended the longest game in the majors this season, Brandon Moss and his 3-year-old son sat together at home and stayed awake to watch television replays.
Nope, young Jayden Moss preferred to watch his father throwing a cream pie in his own face _ and made Brandon replay it 18 times.
“He’s into all the baseball stuff but he didn’t want to watch the home run,” Moss said Tuesday. “He just wanted to watch the pie. That was his favorite.”
Only a handful of the 11,688 fans remained when Moss hit his second home run of the night, ending the longest game by time in Oakland _ and the longest in Angels history.
A day later, both teams were still feeling the effects.
A’s manager Bob Melvin had to scrap his normal postgame routine just to get home in time to catch a few hours of sleep before returning to the ballpark.
Before watching television with his son, Moss first had to explain to his wife and sister why he was so late. The two women, along with Moss‘ two children, had arrived in the players’ parking lot at 9:45 p.m. Monday, ostensibly to pick up Moss. They spent the next 4 1/2 hours waiting as the innings piled up.
“She almost left in the 11th but then she thought, `As soon as I drive away, they’ll win,’” Moss said.
At least they got home before 3 a.m.
“You know how many moves we had to run through at 3 o’clock in the morning just trying to get an idea of what the needs of the team are going to be right now and what we need moving forward?” Scioscia said.
Angels catcher Chris Iannetta probably deserved something, too. He played the entire game and became the first AL player since 2006 to catch more than 18 innings in a game.
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